Updated September 2019
Our vision for Well-being
Our children’s emotional Well-Being is extremely important to us here at Preston Hedge’s. We want children who are successful, resilient learners but what is equally important to us is that they are healthy and content children, both mentally and physically, who are able to approach any challenge with positivity.
Our Curriculum at Preston Hedge’s
As part of our Well-Being curriculum, the children take part in Well- Being Wednesday’s where every class across the whole school engages in a short session based around Well-Being every week in the afternoon. These sessions will cover objectives from our Well-Being curriculum, from exploring feelings and how to cope with them in Reception and Year 1, to acknowledging the effect of our choices on ourselves and others in Year 6. Already the children have taken part in many exciting activities within Well-Being Wednesdays, such as using mirrors in Year 1 to explore what different emotions look like, finding our happy place in Year 3, creating a ‘What went well’ book in Year 4, and letting our worries go in balloons in Year 5! In addition to our Well-Being sessions, the children will also attend a Well-Being assembly every fortnight, delivered by Miss McDowell, our Well-Being leader.
5 Areas of Well-Being
Within Well-Being Wednesdays, we will be covering the 5 areas of Well-Being:
Connect – Feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. Teach children to connect with each other; ask someone how they are. Connect with your feelings. Take a genuine interest in other peoples Well-Being. Connect with local businesses, care homes, nurseries, other settings, secondary schools.
Be Active: Physical health has a direct link to mental health. Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Lower paced activities, like walking, have a positive impact on social skills whilst still exercising. Encourage physical activity: walking, jogging, play a new sport, yoga.
Take Notice: Take note of what is happening around us and how our actions and decisions effect others. Take notice of how you feel. Take notice of all of the emotions: how do they make us feel? Signs of emotions? How to get ourselves back to a calm state. Take notice of the environment and others around you.
Keep Learning: Learn something new (outside of our school curriculum) set yourself a goal and be aspirational. Setting goals has been associated with higher levels of Well-Being. Dedicated time to research / learning something new. A New Learning Challenge E.g: Sign language, knitting etc, a new sport.
Give: Participate in community life, help others and have a positive impact on your community. Link to a charity or environmental projects. Not just raising money; give your time, your understanding, your awareness. How can you give back to community?
Each term, we will focus on one of our 5 areas. Our area of focus for term 1 is Take Notice.
In addition to Well-Being Wednesday’s, we will be running a Well-Being lunchtime club every day from 12:30 – 13:30. This club will be a chance for your child to drop in and talk to adults about anything that is on their mind, but also to relax and socialise on a calmer level. Our first week of launching saw children from every class access the club where they could chill quietly and reflect or talk through issues with an adult. If you think your child would benefit from visiting the lunchtime club, please feel free to talk to myself or your child’s class teacher.
The teachers are busy putting together their Well-Being displays which will be on show by the end of September. These displays will encompass the 5 areas of Well-Being, focusing on the current term’s focus area, and show casing what the children have learnt and been taking part in!
In Term 2, we will be creating a Well-being garden outside of the Year 2 classrooms, ready for Spring! The garden will be a place where children can relax and feel calm at playtime, with access to books, seating areas and an adult to talk to!
Dates for your diaries
A date for your diary – As Thursday 10th October 2019 is Mental Health Day, children will be invited to wear yellow and bring a donation to raise money for the charity, ‘Young Minds’. More information on this will be given nearer the time.